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It is officially spring. And, even if it seems like many parts of the South are seeing more rain than sunshine, for those who love gardening, the season of seeing fresh new plant growth is officially here. However, if you also have pets, then you might want to give special thought to what type of plants will be safest for them.

Choosing Pet Friendly Plants

There is something wonderful about having beautiful green plants and a multitude of colorful flowers. But not every plant is safe for your pets. As a result, you will need to take special care to select those which are perfectly safe for both Fluffy and Fido. Here are some plants to consider as your plan your greenery both inside and outside the home.

Indoor Plants:

  1. Air Plants
  2. Areca Palm
  3. Baby Rubber Plants
  4. Baby’s Tears
  5. Bamboo Palm
  6. Bird’s Nest Fern
  7. Blue Echeveria (aka, hens and chicks)
  8. Boston Fern
  9. Burro’s Tail
  10. Cast Iron Plant
  11. Christmas Cactus
  12. Echeveria Lola
  13. Friendshop Plant
  14. Haworthia Zebra (related to aloe, but safe for pets)
  15. Lace Flower Vine
  16. Money Tree
  17. Parlor Palm
  18. Peperomia Green
  19. Polka Dot Plant
  20. Ponytail Palm
  21. Prayer Plant
  22. Spider plants
  23. Staghorn Fern
  24. Swedish Ivy
  25. Watermelon Plant
  26. Wax Plant
  27. Xerographica Air Plant

Outdoor Plants:

  1. African violets
  2. Alyssum
  3. Aster
  4. Black-eyed Susan
  5. Celosia
  6. Gerbera Daisy
  7. Hibiscus
  8. Impatiens
  9. Lipstick Plant
  10. Magnolia Bush
  11. Orchids
  12. Pansies
  13. Petunias
  14. Roses
  15. Snapdragons
  16. Sunflowers
  17. Sweet Potato Vine
  18. Zinnia

Plants Hazardous to Your Pet’s Health:

While this list is not totally inclusive, it will give you a place to begin. That stated, there are also plants you should avoid.  Here are some to be sure are well out of your pets’ reach:

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Birds of Paradise
  3. Chrysanthemum
  4. Cyclamen
  5. Daffodils
  6. Dieffenbachia
  7. English Ivy
  8. Foxglove
  9. Jade Plant
  10. Iris
  11. Lilies
  12. Oleander
  13. Poinsettia
  14. Sago Palm
  15. Tulip
  16. Wisteria

If your pets ingest any of these plants, you will be able to tell through symptoms such as the following:

  • Agitation
  • Black or bloody stools
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Drooling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nosebleed
  • Uncontrollable urination or thirst
  • Vomiting

If you notice any of these symptoms and suspect that your pet has ingested a plant that is unsafe for them, contact your vet immediately!

So, don’t hesitate to fill your home or garden with gorgeous green plants and colorful flowers. Opt for some of the plants from this list and get ready to have a spring and summer that you and your pets can enjoy. And for those times when you need to get out of town – don’t forget to give us a call. We would love to keep your pet company! Contact our team today.

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